The Box Must Be Empty
A Memoir of Complicated Grief, Spiritual Despair, and Ultimate Healing
by Marilyn Kriete
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Pub Date 04 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 23 Feb 2023
Lucid House Publishing, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
What happens when buried grief rises two decades late, upending the life you’ve built on its coffin? When your old grief seems inappropriate, and your heart wrestles with grief upon grief as you move too many times and lose too many friendships? How do you recover from a devastated marriage, a crushed faith, and an endlessly broken heart?
This is the crux of Marilyn Kriete’s crisis. After losing her first great love, she becomes a Christian, marries Henry, and joins him in a hectic worldwide ministry that leaves little room for personal reflection. When her old grief unexpectedly resurfaces, she’s shocked by the tsunami that rips through their lives. And when intensive counseling fails to bring healing and Henry pens a letter that decimates their churches and spins them out of the fellowship, her battered heart is tested beyond imagination. Exploring delayed and complicated grief in its many disguises—dashed dreams, disenchantment, family troubles, and the guilt of being a former faith leader, now grappling with depression and dismay— Marilyn candidly shares her long journey back to wholeness.
A Note From the Publisher
Additional Book Format: 978-1950495320
Marilyn Kriete, whose debut memoir PARADISE ROAD won multiple awards (Winner in the Young Adult Non-fiction category and as a finalist in both New Adult Non-Fiction and Book Cover Design in the 15th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards and won Adventure Non-Fiction in the 2022 Book Excellence Awards), frequently Zooms with book clubs and bookstores and libraries as well as appearing at Canadian book festivals.
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